Baxter dance festival

Sifiso Khumalo and Yaseen Manuel in Maktub.

The Baxter Dance Festival, now in its 15th year, kicks off next month.

Ignatius van Heerden’s solo performance of Nijinsky’s War and the collaborative work Un-ravelled, by Sasha Fourie Myburgh, Marlin Zoutman, Lee Sophia Piedt, Rae Classen, Natasha Rhoda and Yaseen Manual, open the Main Programme on Thursday and Friday October 26 and 27, at 8pm.

The Off Main programme, on Saturday September 28, at 5pm, features work by a dozen choreographers.

The Highfliers – a category for established and seasoned dance-makers and companies – is on Monday September 30, at 8pm, and includes Forever Without End, choreographed by Celeste Botha and performed by 34/18 Youth Dance Company; Contraband, choreographed by Michelle Reid and performed by Cape Academy of Performing Arts; Say Something, Do Something, choreographed by Janine Booysens and performed by the Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance
Studies; Distance Call, choreographed by Bruno Wani and performed by Dance for All South Africa Bridging Programme, Ingxolo Yabafazi (Stories of Women), choreographed by Sbonakaliso Ndaba and performed by Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership
Academy;Oblivion,choreographed by Craig Pedro and performed by Cape Town City Ballet; and It’s ok, you’re ok, choreographed by Marlin Zoutman and performed by New World Dance Theatre.

The Main Programme continues on Tuesday and Wednesday October 1 and 2 with Maktub by Yaseen Manuel; Perspective by Yellow Frame Films, choreographed by Shirley-Anne Bezuidenhout; Blame it on the Algorithm by Darkroom Contemporary; and Image by Dance Theatre Africa, choreographed by Tercia Amsterdam. On Thursday and Friday October 3 and 4, the line-up features Crossroad by Fo8; Sun of a Daughter by New World Dance Company, choreographed by Marlin Zoutman, and Aweh Maria by Garage.

There’s more than 20 dance pieces, by choreographers and studios from the Western Cape on the Fringe, on Saturday October 5, at 1pm, the final day of the festival.

Ticket prices are R100 for the Main, R70 for Off Main, R40 for Fringe and R80 for the Highfliers. A season ticket for the full programme is R300. Book at or at any Pick and Pay store. Contact Carmen Kearns at 021 680 3993 or for discounted corporate, schools or block-bookings, charities or fundraisers.